Media Mining Digest 118 – 14 Feb 2014: Anxiety, Beatles, California Drought, China Changes, Dolphin Hunting, Domestic Violence, Drug Resistance, Hackers, Haiti Status, Internet Hate, IRAs, Keystone XL Pipeline, Lavabit Shutdown, Making Mistakes, Mass Collaboration, Mexico MINT, PA to DO, Right-to-Die Children, Self-Driving Car, Sochi Olympics, Stagnation Warning, Technology Issues, Testosterone, Turkey MINT

The following audio files come from a larger group of 167 for this week. Double or ctrl-click individual highlighted links, below, to get single podcasts. A zip file of all 27 podcasts converted to 1.5x speed will download here for four months.  Older groups of podcasts are discussed at the end of this episode.

Anxiety 52 mins – “The journalist Scott Stossel suffers from anxiety so intense it can render him nauseous—which is a problem given his extreme fear of vomiting. Between acute anxiety attacks, Stossel’s mind constantly buzzes with worry about his health, about finances, work, the dripping sound in his basement, about everything and nothing. In a new book, Stossel serves as an expert guide to the culture and history of anxiety disorder. He joins us Wednesday to explain what anxiety is, where it comes from and how choice and freedom rewire our brains to make us increasingly anxious.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beatles 51 mins (2 parts) – “Fifty years after The Beatles took America by storm, we examine why the group was so innovative. Beyond reshaping music, they changed business, art, Hollywood, fashion, and culture. Guests include internationally renowned Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn, who speaks about why The Beatles were consistently innovative and refused to conform, and Vivek Tiwary, who has written about the unusual and amazingly successful marketing of The Beatles. We’ll also hear the voices of ordinary Americans who remember how The Beatles changed their lives, both personally and professionally. Part 1 of 2.” At the link click “download” then right-click “Download this episode” and select  “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Part 2 is found at the same link. Click it and download the file in the same way.

California Drought 39 mins – “2013 was the driest year on record in California, and the state’s snowpack is at 12% of what it should be. Considering that this state alone houses an eighth of the US population, maintains over 25 million acres of farmland with a GDP larger than that of Canada, the current California drought reaches well beyond the borders of the golden state. This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise talks with Peter Gleick, President and Co-founder of the Pacific Institute. They discuss the realities and implications of the current water crisis, how better agricultural policy may help lessen its impact, and look at some of the innovations that have been developed in other arid geographies.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China Changes 51 mins – “For years, China has been driven by one thing: growing its economy. Now the country looks to translate its economic might into global influence. In “The Contest of the Century,” journalist Geoff Dyer describes China’s push into international politics and explains why the United States is in a strong position to come out on top.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.

Dolphin Hunting 51 mins – “Dolphin hunting is legal in many parts of the world, including the Solomon Islands, parts of Denmark and Peru. But the largest dolphin hunt in the world takes place in Taiji, Japan. Every year, more than 700 wild dolphins are killed by fishermen, their bodies sold as meat to stores in Japan. Hundreds more dolphins are captured and sold to aquariums around the world. In a recent tweet, U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy called the Taiji dolphin hunt “inhumane.” The Japanese government says it’s an integral part of their tradition and culture. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and guests discuss the controversy over dolphin hunting in Japan.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.

Domestic Violence 11 mins – “When Esta Soler lobbied for a bill outlawing domestic violence in 1984, one politician called it the “Take the Fun Out of Marriage Act.” “If only I had Twitter then,” she mused. This sweeping, optimistic talk charts 30 years of tactics and technologies — from the Polaroid camera to social media — that led to a 64% drop in domestic violence in the U.S.  In 1994, Esta Soler convinced Congress to pass a law to combat the devastating effects of violence against women. Today, her mission is global.” At the link click “Download” then right-click “Download to desktop” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Resistance 7 mins – “A better understanding of how bacteria take over human cells could lead to better treatments of infections. How “reprogramming” one of the world’s most notorious bacteria could help us fight off infectious diseases. Researchers are developing a new way to fend off drug-resistant malaria.” At the link find the title,  “Episode 322 – January 27 2014,” right-click “Media files Science Elements Jan27_2014.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hackers 50 mins – “In this hour, TED speakers dare to hack the brain, the climate, and the animal kingdom in hopes of creating a better world.”  You can listen at the link, but only download individual segments (5); however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.

Haiti Status 7 mins – “Natural disasters, unemployment and poverty in Haiti have prompted many people to risk their lives to flee the country. Host Michel Martin speaks with Miami Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles about the struggles Haitians face and what’s being done to fix the problem.”

Internet Hate 31 mins – “Christopher Wolf, director of the law firm Hogan Lovells’ Privacy and Information Management group, addresses his new book with co-author Abraham Foxman, Viral Hate: Containing Its Spread on the Internet. To what extent do hateful or mean-spirited Internet users hide behind anonymity? How do we balance the protection of the First Amendment online while addressing the spread of hate speech? Wolf discusses how to define hate speech on the Internet; whether online hate speech leads to real-world violence; how news sites like the Huffington Post and New York Times have dealt with anonymity; lessons we should impart on the next generation of Internet users to discourage hate speech; and cases where anonymity has proved particularly beneficial or valuable.  ” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

IRAs 8 mins – “Host Michel Martin talks with financial planner Louis Barajas about how IRAs work, and how investors can use them to help people prepare for retirement.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Keystone XL Pipeline 46 mins – “We’ll follow the path of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada’s Tar Sands country through the heart of America and hear the furious debate over its fate.” At the link right-click “Download this story.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Keystone XL Pipeline 51 mins – “The Keystone XL oil pipeline has cleared a critical hurdle. A long-awaited State Department analysis says the 1,700-mile pipeline probably would not increase the amount of oil removed from the Canadian tar sands. That finding suggests the politically divisive project would have little impact on climate change, a condition that could allow President Barack Obama to approve it. The State Department report is not the final word on Keystone: Secretary John Kerry must decide whether building the Canada-to-Texas pipeline serves the national interest before advising the president. Diane and her [3] guests discuss what’s next in the ongoing saga of the Keystone XL pipeline.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.

Lavabit Shutdown 39 mins – “Ladar Levison, founder of encrypted email service Lavabit, discusses recent government action that led him to shut down his firm. When it was suspected that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden used Lavabit’s email service, the FBI issued a National Security Letter ordering Levison to hand over SSL keys, jeopardizing the privacy of Lavabit’s 410,000 users. Levison discusses his inspiration for founding Lavabit and why he chose to suspend the service; how Lavabit was different from email services like Gmail; developments in his case and how the Fourth Amendment has come into play; and his involvement with the recently-formed Dark Mail Technical Alliance.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Making Mistakes 50 mins – ” Mistakes happen — and when they do — how do we deal with being wrong? In this episode, TED speakers look at those darker moments in our lives, and consider why sometimes we need to make mistakes and face them head-on.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mass Collaboration 50 mins – ” In this hour, TED speakers unravel ideas behind the mystery of mass collaborations that build a better world.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexico MINT  41 mins – “Mexico’s hope of becoming the workshop of North America was shattered by China’s domination of cheap exports, but recently, the Mexican dream is in sight again. As Beijing opts for “quality not quantity” of growth, companies are returning, drawn by competitive labour and proximity to the US market. In the first part of a landmark series, the economist Jim O’Neill travels across Mexico to investigate. He discovers that its ambitions now go far beyond cheap manufacturing. But can Mexico’s youthful, reforming government overcome the challenges of widespread poverty, crime and a huge number of people living outside the formal economy.” At the link find the title, “Docs: MINT – Mexico – Brave New World,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140203-0940b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

PA to DO 35 mins – “In today’s show I talked to Dr. Mark Kauffman, the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)…  Dr. Kauffman grew up and went to undergrad without much exposure to physicians. He didn’t understand what it took to be a physician, and unfortunately he doubted if he could do it. At some point, Dr. Kauffman was introduced to the Physician Assistant (PA) career field. He knew that his goal was patient care, and if being a PA was a final destination or if it was a stepping stone to medical school, it was something he was interested in. Six years after entering the medical field, Dr. Kauffman entered medical school and began his journey to become a physician. He now works at LECOM and has developed a program for other PA’s that are interested in going back to school to become physicians. According to their site, currently only 4% of PAs return to medical school noting cost and time away from clinical practice as major barriers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Right-to-Die Children 27 mins – “Voluntary euthanasia for adults has been legal since 2002 in Belgium. Now legislators are considering extending the right to die to children who are terminally ill.” At the link find the title, “Docs: The Right to Die for Children,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140206-0030a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Self-Driving Car 46 mins – “Now cars talk to each other. Next they’ll drive themselves. We’ll look at the road ahead.” At the link right-click “Download this story.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sochi Olympics 27 mins – “With accusations of corruption and criminality, are the concerns about Sochi justified? Given that all Olympic host cities endure fierce criticism in the lead-up to the Games are they being exaggerated?” At the link find the title, “Docs: The Road to Sochi,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140204-0905a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stagnation Warning 46 mins – “Former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers is warning of deep economic stagnation, or “secular stagnation.” He’ll explain, plus his thoughts on the debt and deficit, income inequality, infrastructure investment and more.” At the link right-click “Download this story.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Issues 50 mins – “We’ve been promised a future where robots will be our friends. But are we ready for how those innovations will change us as humans? In this episode, TED speakers consider the promises and perils of our relationship with technology.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Testosterone 51 mins – “Men’s testosterone levels are believed to decline as a natural part of aging. Some prescription drugs as well as environmental and lifestyle factors might also play a role. But doctors are prescribing testosterone drugs at record levels. Between 2001 and 2011, hormone use by men over age 40 nearly quadrupled. There could be significant risks. Several recent studies show a higher rate of heart attack and stroke in older men taking testosterone. Many doctors say that for men with truly low testosterone, the benefits of hormone therapy outweigh the risks. A discussion on the safety of prescription testosterone.” You can listen at the link, but not download; however, the file is included in the zip collection noted in the introduction to this episode.

Testosterone 46 mins – “Testosterone ads for men are all over TV. Now come the warnings of health dangers. We’ll investigate.” At the link right-click “Download this story.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Turkey MINT 40 mins – “For centuries, Turkish traders have exploited their location on the historic Silk Road between east and west, selling to merchants travelling in both directions. And, as Jim O’Neill reports Turkey’s geography remains important to this day as the country becomes an aviation hub, a conduit for gas and oil, and a unique visitor destination. Yet Turkish plans go much further too. So can this ambitious country combine its deep-rooted trading skills with ultra modern technology to develop world-beating manufacturers? Or will its much lauded potential remain just that?” At the link find the title, “Docs: MINT – Turkey – Beyond the Silk Road,” right-click “Media files docarchive 20140203-1050a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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An alphabetic encyclopedia of about 2500 hyperlinked descriptions in PDF format is here and updated quarterly. Jan-Jun 2013 files in 18 zip segments (832 podcasts) hereand a pdf list here; Jul-Jul Dec 2013 files in 13 zip segments (720 podcasts) here, and a list here;  Jan-Jun 2012 files in 8 segments (360 podcasts) and a pdf list are here, and 593 in 13 parts for Jul-Dec here.  For 2011 a list and 5 segments 184 podcasts. For 2010 and earlier 64 podcasts are listed  in this PDF and are zipped here as Part 1 and Part 2. (Dead links in old episodes are due to updating; try a current episode.) Over 180 feeds used to prepare this weekly blog are harvested with Feedreader3. The feeds are available in this opml file which Feedreader can import. A PDF list of feeds is hereFree Commander is used to compare old with new downloads to remove  duplicates. MP3 Speed Changer is used to boost playback speed to 1.5x. A speed listening background article is here.  Please comment on any problems with the links and downloads.

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